Volunteers are needed for food appeal drive at Tesco Metro

Residents Sandra Tutt, left, Brian Bushnell and Maureen Johnson D14481479a

Residents Sandra Tutt, left, Brian Bushnell and Maureen Johnson D14481479a

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Volunteers are urgently needed to help collect food donations at Bedford’s Tesco Metro store.

The collection - running from tomorrow to Saturday (November 29) - is for food redistribution charity FareShare who with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust are part of Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection - the biggest national food drive to help people in poverty.

Catherine Buglass from FareShare said: “As a volunteer you can really make a difference to the amount of food we collect in the Bedford Metro Tesco Neighbourhood Food Collection to help people through our charity members.

“Each volunteer can help us collect enough food for 500 meals in just three hours. The more volunteers we have the more food we can collect to help reach more people in need.”

This is Tesco’s fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection, which aims to collect enough food in stores across the UK to feed vulnerable and hungry people this winter.

Customers at Bedford’s store in Midland Road will be given a shopping list when they enter and asked to donate items of food such as tins of meat, fish, pies, soup, vegetables and fruit, rice, cooking sauces, tea, coffee and long-life milk at the end of their shopping trips.

The food will then be delivered to FareShare London’s Regional Centre who will redistribute it to local charities and community projects around Bedford, supporting vulnerable people.

To volunteer register at www.fareshare.org.uk/food-collection-2014, email Nicola.ledsham@fareshare.org.uk or call please call 020 7394 2474.